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1st GEM-STONES Summer School

09:00 - 17:00
Université de Genève
Geneva, Switzerland

@ UNIGE, Geneva

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- APplications have closed 31st may 2017, 23:59 CET -


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The first GEM-STONES Summer School ‘Critical Perspectives on Globalization’ will take place at the Global Studies Institute of University of Geneva (CH), on 3rd – 7th July 2017.

Discordant voices about the benefits and soundness of globalization have always been present, even altermondialism having been part of globalization studies. But in 2017, leaders of major states, notably the USA, openly contest the established principles and institutions of the post-1989 globalized world. For the GEM and GEM-STONES communities that have been basing their research agendas on Globalization, Multilateralism and Europe, these developments may have an influence on the content and output of most of the individual research project. With the input of high-level academics and practitioners, it is therefore both interesting and necessary to try to analyse and explore the already existing criticial studies that have been developed around the topic of globalization. 


Prof. Christian ARNSPERGER (Université de Lausanne)
Dr. Maurizio BONA (Senior Advisor, CERN)
Prof. Furio CERUTTI (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Prof. Nicolas LEVRAT (Université de Genève)
Prof. Raffaele MARCHETTI (LUISS Guido Carli di Roma)
Dr. Frank MATTHEIS (University of Pretoria)
Prof. Thomas MEYER (Technischen Universität Dortmund)
Mr. Michael MOELLER (Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva)
Prof. Firouzeh NAHAVANDI (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Prof. Mario TELÒ (GEM-STONES Supervisory Board President)
Dr. Didier WERNLI (Université de Genève)
Dr. Chenchen ZHANG (Københavns Universitet)

Format of Activities

KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE: Rountable chaired by GEM-STONES Supervisory Board President Prof. M.Telò on the topic of «Multiple Modernities and the Future of the Global Order». Speakers will include editors and contributors of the up-coming Edited Volume on «Multiple Modernities and Good Governance», to be published in 2017 with Routledge.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Presentation by Mr. M.Møller, Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva, followed by a Q&A session.

LECTURE SESSIONS: Each session will kick off with a short introduction of the speaker by one of the student participants. This will be followed by a lecture on relevant topic chosen by the speaker, and a Q&A on the presentation.  The discussions will be concluded with a priviledged roundtable exchange between the speaker and the participants on a specific challenge related to the writing of a PhD.

PhD SESSIONS: We will start with a presentation of papers submitted by one or two PhD fellows. Following the presentations, a set of comments will be provided by: (1) the academic chair; (2) one fellow PhD participant; (3) an invited non-academic. The sessions will finish with an open Q&A with the audience.

JOINT EXCURSIONS: The weeklong summer school will also provide the opportunity for all its participants to gather for multiple joint excursion activities. Participants will be asked to choose to attend minimum two of the following visits:

  • Visit to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with a lecture by Senior Advisor Dr. Maurizio BONA, followed by visit to some installations organised by the Visitor Service of CERN
  • Visit to World Economic Forum (WEF)

Application Process

GENERALITIES: Selected PhD Students will be expected to present the suggested paper after having circulated it at least one week in advance. Both an attending academic, a fellow student and a non-academic will discuss the presented research. The PhD Students are expected to attend the full week, and participate in all the Summer School’s various sessions and activities - excepting the excursions where attendance to minimum two visits is required. Applicants are free to suggest any presentation topic of their choosing that fits the broad theme of the Summer School (see above & program).


  • Academic profile of the Applicant
  • Relevance of the suggested presentation


  • Academic CV
  • Title of the Applicant’s ongoing thesis project - Including name and references of Supervisor(s)
  • 1-page abstract describing the Applicant’s suggested presentation


  • May 31st 2017, 13:00 CET      Submission Deadline
  • June 5th 2017                          Notification of Results
  • June 26th 2017, 13:00 CET     Receipt of Approved Papers
  • July 3rd-7th 2017                     Summer School

Costs Covered

This Summer School is a closed door event for selected participants. The organisers‘ aim is to gather a limited number of informed and motivated external participants who will see their travel (excluding taxis) and accommodation expenses covered by the host.
Lunches during the Summer School, joint dinner on Monday 3rd July and public transportation card in Geneva will also be provided.
Any other incurred costs are at the participants’ own expense.

Location & Venue

The 2017 GEM-STONES Summer School will take place at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. This will allow the participants to benefit from the exceptional density of Geneva-based international institutions, among others the UN European Headquarter, the WTO, and the WEF. Major players in these institutions will also participate to the Summer School by delivering keynote addresses and participating in round-tables. The participants will also be taken to a visit to CERN, where beyond our globe, time and space melt.

The Global Studies Institute (GSI) was created in 2013 to bring together, under one roof, the Bachelor’s programme in International Relations (BARI) and innovative Masters’ programmes benefitting from the Universities partnerships with Geneva based IOs and NGOs. The GSI is an interfaculty centre and as such draws on the expertise of professors and researchers from the faculties of humanities, law, political, social and economic sciences. Its Masters’ programmes attempt to respond to the changes in the production and transmission of knowledge induced by the process of globalization. The GSI is based on the structure of the former European Institute of the University of Geneva and thus examines if and to which extent the lessons Europe has to offer on supranational integration, can be applied to the ever more interconnected world in the early 21st century. The GSI’s ambition is to develop this new field of study, guided by the principles of excellence and openness to the stakes of a rapidly changing world – a world that Geneva as an important hub of multilateral diplomacy and its University are well-positioned to analyse.


This project has received funding from the European Union's horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.